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Coronavirus continues to impact 2020 census with further delays

Posted at 5:59 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 20:59:36-04

The coronavirus is further disrupting the 2020 census. The Census Bureau says it is extending its suspension of fieldwork until April 15th, two weeks longer than originally planned.

That means a freeze on hiring and training of tens of thousands of workers for the largest phase of the census, canvassing millions of homes that haven't responded.

The delay also affects door-to-door census deliveries to about 10 million homes, mostly in rural areas or where residents don't get home mail delivery.

The process, originally scheduled to end July 31st, is now set to end August 14th. That's so census officials can meet a legal deadline requiring results by the end of the year.